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If Bob Tasca was denied entry into this weekend's President's Cup, I'm curious what will this mean for future crossover entry requests? Just within the past year or so NHRA full timers such as Hillary Will, Gary Densham, Cruz Pedragon, Clay Millican, Doug Foley, etc. have raced in select IHRA events. To my knowledge, these teams have always been welcomed with open arms. It doesn't seem as if there was a rush of NHRA competitors to cross over. How will this type of matter be handled on the go forward basis? Will the professional teams need to sign contracts stating they will compete in "x" number of IHRA national events?
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ihra is kickin themselves in the foot
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Maybe the NHRA racers would help put some people in the seats on sunday (raceday) which would be nice .
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Somehow you've got to come up with a way of letting the NHRA teams run. Simply ruling out the best cars in a blanket statement is wrong. I chalk this up with IHRA's decision concerning pro mod body types. They are lucky to get 16 car fields, where in the past they've had anywhere from 25-35 cars attempting to qualify.
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Dumb move Aaron!
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If Bob Tasca was denied entry into this weekend's President's Cup, I'm curious what will this mean for future crossover entry requests? Just within the past year or so NHRA full timers such as Hillary Will, Gary Densham, Cruz Pedragon, Clay Millican, Doug Foley, etc. have raced in select IHRA events. To my knowledge, these teams have always been welcomed with open arms. It doesn't seem as if there was a rush of NHRA competitors to cross over. How will this type of matter be handled on the go forward basis? Will the professional teams need to sign contracts stating they will compete in "x" number of IHRA national events?
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How is this dumb? The IHRA Nitro teams rely almost solely on the event purse to fund their bootstrap operations. These are teams like Wyatt, Diehl, Kelley, Simpson, etc....that NEED at least the $10k of qualifying money to make it to the next race, AND are the backbone of IHRA nitro racing.

It's a tough decision, but what happens when JFR and Snake racing show up at a Budds Creek, take the entire purse home, and then Wyatt, Diehl, Kelley, Simpson, etc can't make it to the next race? Do these big $$ teams make a commitment to run a certain # of IHRA events per year? No. They would be using IHRA for a test session or two and then never come back.

JUST the cost of diesel and nitro has increased the "per race" cost to these teams over $2,000/event. It's ALREADY tough to make the #'s work and all these guys have to dig deep into their own pockets already.

In turning down the NHRA teams Polburn may be sacrificing what could be an exciting and more profitable single event for the IHRA, but jeopardize the future when these guys can't afford to go out and race anymore.
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How is this dumb? The IHRA Nitro teams rely almost solely on the event purse to fund their bootstrap operations. These are teams like Wyatt, Diehl, Kelley, Simpson, etc....that NEED at least the $10k of qualifying money to make it to the next race, AND are the backbone of IHRA nitro racing.

It's a tough decision, but what happens when JFR and Snake racing show up at a Budds Creek, take the entire purse home, and then Wyatt, Diehl, Kelley, Simpson, etc can't make it to the next race? Do these big $$ teams make a commitment to run a certain # of IHRA events per year? No. They would be using IHRA for a test session or two and then never come back.

JUST the cost of diesel and nitro has increased the "per race" cost to these teams over $2,000/event. It's ALREADY tough to make the #'s work and all these guys have to dig deep into their own pockets already.

In turning down the NHRA teams Polburn may be sacrificing what could be an exciting and more profitable single event for the IHRA, but jeopardize the future when these guys can't afford to go out and race anymore.
I couldn't agree more. Hats off to Mr. Polburn for standing on principle and not falling victim to short term thinking. Let the NHRA boys test their arses off if they want to rent an IHRA track(Martin Mi.).
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Good job IHRA. Tasca was just going to use it as a paid test. One of the IHRA regulars would have gone home . Let them go test somewhere else and get their own nitro.
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As a spectator that will be attending this race, I don't have much of a comment on this, and if I did it wouldn't be a positive one. I will be going because my intrest is in Pro Mod and Pro Stocks more anyways but alittle extra nitro never hurts.
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